Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Long May He Reign!

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Game of Thrones is halfway through what may be its most brutal (and controversial) season to date and while the denizens of Westeros are unlikely to see an end to the bloodshed anytime soon, the show at least took some time out to acknowledge and avenge its more tragic victims.

Cersei Lannister and Oberyn Martell

When Cersei tells Oberyn Martell, "They hurt little girls everywhere in the world," it almost seems as though the writers anticipated the uproar surrounding this season's violence toward women months ago and decided to address it indirectly.

After all, Cersei is supposed to wooing Oberyn before her brother's trial, not making dark proclamations about the state of the world.

But Cersei's wrong, of course. They don't hurt women everywhere - at least in Slaver's Bay at the moment, where Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen is doing what she does best: waging war and taking names.

Her current campaign isn't going so well, but no matter: when Danny receives word that Joffrey Baratheon is no more, she announces her intentions to bring her dragons and army of former slaves to Westeros.

Asked what she intends to upon her arrival she delivers one of the great lines of the series: "I will do what queens do. I will rule."

Elsewhere, the Queen of the Vale is ruling in the same creepy fashion as when we saw her last. Now married to Littlefinger, Lysa Arryn is still obsessing over Tyrion and warping her young son.

The encounter between Lysa and Sansa in last night's episode was one of the most quietly unsettling exchanges in this season thus far. No mean feat.

Elsewhere, the former Night's Watchmen's reign of terror at Craster's Keep is brought to a bloody end by Jon and his band of brothers.

It's disappointing to see Bran pass up his chance at a reunion with his half-brother, but at least he helps the treacherous Locke meet a bloody end. 

It's also a huge relief to see Meera rescued by Jon in the nick of time, as not only is she one of the series' most consistently likable characters, it also means we won't be subjected to another disturbing Game of Thrones rape scene

As yet another purely awful villain bites the dust, it becomes clear that while all is may never be well in the Seven Kingdoms, sometimes good guys do prosper...even in the world of George R.R. Martin.

Watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to relive every second of the gratifying bloodshed.

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